form us with love: dandy exhibition architecture
form us with love: dandy exhibition architecture form us with love: dandy exhibition architecture
jan 18, 2011

form us with love: dandy exhibition architecture

detail of the ‘dandy’ exhibition display designed by form us with love photography by jonas lindström

‘what is a dandy? what does he look like? some say a dandy is a particular person. others say a dandy is a way of life.’ swedish design group form us with love have developed the architecture for an exhibition on the ‘dandy’ that is currently being held at the nordiska museet, stockholm. they have designed the displays in such a way so that they dissect the dandy into pieces, as a means of exposing all the details that make him what he is.

the ‘dandy’ exhibition will be on show until may 2011.

a pair of legs horizontally extending from a box to display shoes

each of the display pieces are composed of dismembered mannequins in combination / fused with MDF boxes. these components are lacquered in slate grey, as a means of giving the illusion that a stonecutter has been working on sculptures.

the boxes represent large blocks of stone, in which finished body parts such as a hand, legs, torso, head etc. – elements of the mannequins – extend from the various stands making them essential for the actual pieces on show – carrying case, blazer, vest, shoes.

blazer of the swedish-speaking, finnish literary author and historian olof enckell

vest of the journalist björn af kleen

installation view of the ‘dandy’ exhibition

alternate view of the ‘dandy’ exhibition

working on the displays in the workshop

torso waiting to be finished

head to display a hat

pieces waiting to be finished sketches of the exhibition displays

  • Parfait!!!!!!

    sonia says:
  • Being a dandy is a state of mind. This is just a bunch of expensive clothes. Pointless.

    JAH says:
  • Hater… I love it!

    Pollux says:

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